Monday, June 22, 2009

Never Stop Learning

When I started selling on Etsy, I thought it would be a good way to destash my fabric, sew up a few things and all would be well. Somewhere along the line, I decided to make it into a business. I didn't realize how much work it was going to take. First of all there is the creation of the product, the shopping, the sewing, listing and pictures. Then there's the advertising, marketing, pr, twitter, facebook, blog, wholesale, etc etc etc.

Then Etsy recently provided information on Web Analytics, SEO, tags and Google Base. Tags I pretty well understand but what is this other stuff. I am clueless and wasn't certain I wanted to learn. Would I understand, what if I had problems, do I really want to do this.

Fortunately I belong to CCCOE, which is a very strong team. After several discussions regarding SEO, I decided to actually read the storque article and did it with no problems and it was not nearly as difficult to understand as I thought. Web Analytics was easy as well. Then Google Base which I set up this morning. Once I went through it, resolved an issue and voila, it was done.

I don't know where I thought it was okay to stop learning. Maybe I just thought it was over my head. I am not stupid but there are certain things such as physics and a lot of techie things I don't understand. This is not physics and if I simply apply myself, ask questions and think things through, I can do this. By asking a question, I was able to help someone else who had the same problem.

Now if only I could get Copper to stop barking so much!


Mystic Silks said...

Hi Annie,

I shared those very same thoughts about the SEO stuff when it came up in the etsy forums.
But, like you I made up my mind to learn what I needed to do, and I did it.

We can really learn anything we make up our minds to learn. It's just the making up of the mind!!

Good blog!

AlliesAdornments said...

Sometimes it surprises me how much we can actually do on the computer. Good for you Annie! Keep on truckin'!

Christine Burgess said...

You are so right about not giving up and just learning what you need. 6 months ago I barely knew how to use the computer and now I am way ahead of my husband, who took classes years
Nice Blog.

MsAnomaly said...

You've inspired me! I really need to get current on all the "techie" things that come with owning a shop. If I can just get some free time to do it! ;)